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Aik Yong Heng
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This game have a mix of new and experienced players.


Gods and specialists:
Thomas (black) have played before and took Engai without hesitation. He also took the Rain Ceremony, which is an important part of his strategy which we will come back to later.
That's Thomas on the left and you can see Engai just peeking out from below...

Hiew (green) also have played last week and he went for Qamata. The God of networks is not as powerful in this game due to the presence of a large body of water and again the constant raining that was conjured by Thomas. Hiew also took Nomads, and this happened as a counter to stop Thomas' rain from connecting even more bodies of water.


This is the first game for Sinbad (white) and he took Tsui-Goab, the shape shifter. I'm not sure if he read the previous session reports but this was the winning God for last week's sessions. However in this game, the God merely helped him keep pace and Shaman was under utilized by Sinbad.


First game for Allen (red) and he took Shadipinyi, God of drunks, a first for our group. The God helped him to take first place for a few turns by allowing him to bid 2 cattles and taking them back. With Herds, he practically guaranteed himself a high VR to always start bidding.


Finally, I (yellow) took Obatala, without any specialist. I wanted to try the 'rabbit' monuments strategy.


From left: Allen, myself, Hiew and Sinbad.


Play:
I started off strong by spamming two monuments and upgrading them the next turn. However, this rash tactic doomed the long term strategy as I had not any craftsman for the longest time. I tried to save money for the Diamond cutter but was beaten to it by Thomas.
Thomas start strong by getting a potter. Supported by Engai, he went on to make a Diamond cutter one turn ahead of me and with the Rain Ceremony, ensured that almost all diamonds were in range of his Diamond cutter. Basically negating the possibility of a competing cutter.
Hiew planted a cheap Wood carver that was popular at first, but got cornered quickly by Sinbad's Sculptor. He later went on to build the Thronemaker and Vessel maker but by then Thomas' Diamond cutter had came online.
Allen got an Ivory carver while Sinbad got a Sculptor. Allen did quite well with his economy by returning his money thru his own carver while Sinbad managed to leverage Tsui-Goab to upgrade his monuments cheaply.


Mid game position:
Yellow - myself, spamming monuments all over but without a money engine, sputter off too quickly
Green - Hiew, has many craftsman but ultimately lost to...
Black - Thomas, his board looks simple but he has Engai and the Diamond Cutter on the bottom of the board
Red - Allen, have a regular beginner's board, which looks almost like...
White - Sinbad, also have a regular beginner's board position - one craftsman, 3 monuments of various levels.
Notice the large expanse of water with added rain to link it bigger.


In the end, however, Thomas' Engai + Diamond cutter strategy overpowered everyone to win by an average of extra 10 points! His innovative combination of cheap 2 cattle Diamond cutter that is in range of 5 diamonds really pull in the money. In the last turn he just pushed ahead with his cattle horde and upgraded his monuments for the win.


End game score

Thoughts:
The economics of this game is very interactive and the decision on whether to price the goods competitively to get the opponents' cattles or to price the goods high to limit the usage to oneself is not an easy decision. Price it too cheap and opponents can upgrade their monuments too cheaply, however price it high and no cattles may not come in to supplement your income! Mix together with the constantly changing board position by the power of the specialists and this game becomes very deep indeed.
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Fabrice Dubois
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Very nice session report.

I appreciate the highlight on the strategies around the god/specialists combo.

Let them coming.
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